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"Sunflower Revolution" Benefits Parkinson's Research
Published September 2004
The Davis Phinney Foundation's first Sunflower Revolution, a gala and
bike ride benefiting Parkinson's disease research at UC's Neuroscience
Institute, was a huge success.
The live and silent auctions alone raised more than $50,000 for the Davis Phinney_Donald Krumme Parkinson's research fund.
A bike donated by actor Robin Williams fetched $9,500. The Sunflower
Revolution's $50,000 on-line raffle of Bicycling Magazine's "Dream Bike
of 2004," a custom Serotta Ottrott with a special "Sunflower
Revolution" finish, sold out. Scott Pleasants, of Greensboro, N.C., had
the winning ticket.
Two-time Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney, 45, diagnosed with
Parkinson's at age 40, and his wife, Olympic gold medalist Connie
Carpenter Phinney, were in town to help kick off the July 30_31 event.
The Friday night gala, held in a Westin Hotel ballroom bursting with
sunflowers, was emceed by WKRC's Rob Braun, and entertainment was
provided by country music star Jo Dee Messina. Bike rides of 25 and 62
miles followed next day.
The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Disease Research and
Wellness was launched earlier this year by the Phinneys, who live in
northern Italy, and Kathleen Krumme and David Ariosa, managers of
John Tew, MD, medical director of The Neuroscience Institute,
encouraged Ms. Krumme to keep money raised by the foundation in
Cincinnati, rather than send it out of town. A meeting with Joseph
Broderick, MD, chair of the Department of Neurology, and Kim Seroogy,
PhD, director of the Selma Schottenstein Harris Laboratory, cemented
the Davis Phinney Foundation's decision to further Parkinson's research
Impressed by everything he saw, Davis Phinney promised the event would return to Cincinnati next year.